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Archive for April, 2010

GOURMET GIVEAWAY #2: Sweet Marguerites Chocolate

Here’s your chance to get a taste of an outstanding chocolate nominee. Sweet Marguerites was recently selected as a Silver Finalist for both Outstanding Chocolate and Outstanding Food Gift in the 2010 awards from the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade. And they’re giving away some of their chocolate in this week’s Gourmet Giveaway!

  • THE PRIZE: One grand-prize winner will be sent a 24-piece box of assorted Sweet Marguerites chocolates, including seasonal favorites. (Retail value $34.00)
  • Two runner-ups will win a 5-piece sampler box of Umami chocolates, known for their unusual combinations. That assortment includes Malted Bacon, Plum Sake, Sweet Potato Caramel, Sesame-Tahini and Green Tea & Ginger. (Retail value $9.00)
  • To Enter This Gourmet Giveaway: Go to the box at the bottom of our Mother’s Day Chocolates Gift List and enter your email address for the prize drawing. This contest closes on Monday, May 3rd at noon, Eastern Time. Good luck!

Umami chocolates will be awarded to two
winners. Photo courtesy Sweet Marguerites.

 

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GOURMET GIVEAWAY #1: Picaboo Personal Recipe Book

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Create your own family cookbook (or any
type of album) with a customized Picaboo
book. Photo courtesy Picaboo.

Have you always wanted to create your own recipe book?

Do you want to create a memorable volume of recipes from different generations of your family?

Do you want to create a memorial to Grandma by publishing her recipes?

Do you have a special group of family members and friends who would treasure copies of a professionally bound, great-looking book of recipes, photos, memoirs and anything else you’d like to add?

Picaboo could be the answer! Picaboo is a fun and easy way to create a customized book of photos with captions, essays and more. You can create your own cookbook of family recipes, vacation journals, wedding albums, family photos for the grandparents—just about anything.

  • THE PRIZE: The winner of this week’s Gourmet Giveaway prize will receive a $50 gift certificate to use on Picaboo.com.
  • To Enter This Gourmet Giveaway: Go to the box at the bottom of our Best Reads Section and enter your email address for the prize drawing.
  • 25% DISCOUNT FOR NIBBLE READERS: If you aren’t the prize winner, you can still get 25% off your own custom photo books. Just order a Classic, Classic Leather or Classic Custom book by the end of May and enter SPRING25 at checkout.
  • Learn more about Picaboo Books at Picaboo.com.

 

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TIP OF THE DAY: Bake Pretzels

Today is National Pretzel Day. Bake up a delicious batch of soft pretzels with this recipe.

Pretzels were created in 610 C.E. by a European monk whose name is lost to history. Food historians trace him to Italy or Southern France.

He formed leftover bread dough in a shape that represent children’s arms folded in prayer. The baked pretzels were given as a reward to children who had successfully memorized their prayers. The original word, “pretiola,” is Latin for “little reward.”

We’ll bite to that!

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Bake your own soft pretzels. You can
get creative with the toppings. Photo
© Wendyday | Dreamstime.

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RECIPES: Make A Spring Asparagus Recipe

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Enjoy a colorful asparagus frittata for
breakfast or lunch. Photo courtesy California
Asparagus Commission.

Asparagus season is finally upon us! While asparagus shipped from South America are available year-round, we wait impatiently for the April-June window for fresh domestic asparagus.

We steam fresh asparagus stalks to al dente, so tasty they don’t even require butter (but maybe a squeeze of lemon or lime juice or a pinch of seasoned salt, like Fusion flavored sea salts, or our favorite imported saffron salt from Casina Rossa).

Steamed asparagus are a dieter’s delight—just 27 calories per cup, lots of dietary fiber and high or very high in 15 vitamins and minerals.

Asparagus also work into impressive recipes. Here, we present 11 recipes—something for every meal of the day—courtesy of the California Asparagus Commission.

  • Start by reading the history of asparagus (the ancient Greeks and Romans loved them!), along with asparagus shopping tips and cooking basics.
  • Then, dig in to the recipes.
  • Find more of our favorite vegetable recipes in our Gourmet Vegetables section.

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TIP OF THE DAY: Keeping Herbs Fresh

When you buy fresh herbs, they’ll last longer if you keep them hydrated.

You can buy an “herb keeper” like the one in the photo, but you don’t need one. It’s simple to create a makeshift herb hydrator:

1. If the herbs have roots, place them in a glass of water covered with a plastic bag before refrigerating.

2. For a no-spill solution, instead of the glass use a quart-size plastic take-out container and secure the lid.

3. If you don’t have room for a glass or quart container, wrap the fresh herbs in damp paper towels and place in the plastic bag. Then, tuck in your produce drawer, or anywhere else it fits.

Find articles about herbs, reviews of our favorite herbs, salts and seasonings, and how to check your bottles of herbs and spices for freshness in our Salts & Seasonings section.

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The Prepara Herb Keeper keeps herbs fresh.
Or you can rig your own device.

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